It ‘s not even the nightmarish Chip Caray experiment or Dick Stockton’s insufferable “errah” pronunciations that are most irksome. Call me nostalgic or cheesy, but I’ve always been a sucker for pre-game intros. If done right, they get me jacked up. If done incorrectly, I”m left disappointed.
Seriously. Maybe it’s the Mass Comm major in me, but I’m not kidding. It’s as though the network missed a golden opportunity, which unlike the way the game plays out, is actually under their direct control.
TBS began broadcasting postseason baseball in 2007, and since we’ve been exposed to Bon Jovi and Kid Rock nonsense, last year’s Tinie Tempah “Written in the Stars” (which came closest to hitting the mark, and now this Bruce Springsteen drivel.
Since Jay Z released “Run This Town” three years ago, I have felt that was the perfect song to encapsulate the dramatic intensity of October. Turner’s children came up short, CBS jumped all over it for Super Bowl XLIV, which once again leaves us listening to a theme disproportionate to the stage it has been charged with representing.
So why not get it right? This is the first time each division series has gone the distance, and you know what, the deserves better than the lame, middle-aged ramblings of The Boss.
Going into tonight’s Game 5’s, what song could embody what fans in St. Louis and DC are feeling? The butterflies and jitters in Baltimore and New York?
If you ask me, one song capture such sentiments and conveys the message that it all comes down to one night. One game. For everything. While also asking the question: It’s right there in front of you. Are you going to take it or watch it slip away?